Classroom structure and consistent expectation are keys to success with behavior.
S.T.O.I.C. is a classroom management tool for educators from Safe and Civil School principles.
We show examples of how the S.T.O.I.C. principles for classroom management can be applied. We provide clear and consistent instructions so that students can be successful. We keep calm and neutral with our process to set the tone and example for our classroom environment. We have high expectations for our students and utilize our resources to equip them for productivity. We praise positive actions as all humans thrive when their effort is appreciated.
Increasing positive interaction is key to classroom management and success with behavior
Educational success starts with building structure and teaching the expectations throughout the whole school. In the classroom we have to remember to observe our students and greatly increase our ratio of positive interactions to keep students engaged and focused.
S.T.O.I.C. classroom management success requires observation
As soon as you teach and model the expectations start to immediately observe students who comply, reward them right away with a token reward. This will increase your on task behavior and reinforce that you notice students doing the right thing. We must avoid getting caught in a criticism trap where we only notice students doing the wrong thing. We get more of what we pay attention to. Reinforce what you want more of with more positives. Additionally, increasing opportunities to respond is a research based strategy to keep students engaged in your teaching. Gone are the days when the only way to answer is to raise your hand.
You will see both of these strategies (positives and opportunities to respond) modeled in the video above with a group of fifth grade students.
S.T.O.I.C. classroom management requires reflection
Review your classroom in the first three days with these guiding questions:
Classroom management tools prepare us for common responses to misbehavior
After increasing your ratio of positives remember the common response to misbehavior: Correction, Expectation, Conversation, Restoration & Notification. Keep applying these principles to your classroom structure and believe that every student can achieve high success.
Keys to success when developing structure and support for behavior prevention in education.
by Megan Madlena
At Step Up 2 Success, why do we believe in:
* Low Intensity Prevention
* Early Stage Interventions
* De-escalation Strategies?
Because when kids win, we all win!
When we develop High Structure combined with High Support we can build our educational systems around High Success. While we cannot control behavior or outbursts, we can work to build programs that are geared for prevention, systems that create collaborative support and that adapt best practices which expand our ability to be effective.
What do we do as a behavior team when students don’t respond?
First, we must understand that there are multiple causes for student misbehavior. Whenever a situation escalates we want to ensure that we constantly remind ourselves and our teams to respond in three key ways – early, calmly and consistently.
Developing learning targets for educational behavior support teams
As part of our overall vision we want to develop learning targets. Learning targets set benchmarks for how all participants will:
Understand adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as a behavior support team
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) means changing our frame of reference from asking a student, “What’s wrong with you?” to trying to understand the broader perspective of, “What happened to you in your life that is causing this escalation?” By expanding our view of our role in this system of positive behavior intervention systems can help us respond to students misbehavior with High Support.
Key: Students with high ACES live in fight or flight mode, it is our job to recognize this and respond (early, calmly and consistently).
“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in my classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather…in all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.” - Haim Ginott, School Teacher and Child Psychologist
Consistently communicating behavior support values to prepare for experiences
In the heat of the moment when a student is escalated, especially when there is a violent, vulgar or vociferous outburst, it is difficult to remember these principles. Yet, it is in exactly these moments that we need to be engaged with our vision for positive student intervention.
Step Up 2 Success can help prepare your team for behavior prevention success
We invest in building High Structure to attempt to prevent misbehavior. We invest in High Support so that we can collaboratively respond to situations where interventions are necessary. We continually learn and grow our capacity so that we can strive for High Success. We have an important role to play in helping the underserved feel supported in an equitable system – to humanize those who may be difficult.
Instructional video covering school wide expectations for students at breakfast
This video demonstrates how we communicate a consistent expectation for students during our breakfast time. These short and simple videos can be utilized in the classroom as well as at assemblies to reinforce steps to success.
Starting the school day on a positive note requires consistent communication of expectations.
Breakfast is key to starting our day of in the right mood and mindset so that we can achieve in the learning process. Establishing clear expectations is key to developing high structure for administrators, educators, assistants and students.
Step Up 2 Success (SU2S) shares a recent video made for real world application to establish recess expectations for students.
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Instructional video covering school wide expectations for students while using the restroom
This video demonstrates how we communicate a consistent expectation for students when utilizing the restroom at school. These short and simple videos can be utilized in the classroom as well as at assemblies to reinforce steps to success.
Behavior support and prevention starts with communicating effectively and consistently with students.
Using the bathroom is a critical utility for students and educators, it is essential that we provide a safe and consistent atmosphere in our schools. Establishing clear expectations is key to developing high structure for administrators, educators, assistants and students. Step Up 2 Success (SU2S) shares a recent video made for real world application to establish restroom expectations for students.
Let us know what you have done to improve communication, consistency and accountability during bathroom use.
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